With two days in Ho Chi Minh City, you can check off the city’s signature sights, take a street-food tour, and explore the wartime tunnel network at Cu Chi, but you’ll also have time to get out into the countryside and discover life on the water aboard a Mekong Delta cruise. Here's how.
Saigon Opera House (Opéra de Saïgon)
7 Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Saigon Opera House is an easy walk from other colonial-era masterpieces, including the Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Basilica. As a landmark building, it’s a regular stop on Ho Chi Minh City tours. The only way to experience the interior is to buy tickets for a performance. Some Saigon Opera House ticket packages include round-trip transfers.
Cultural performances, such as the A O Show and Teh Dar, typically blend acrobatics, dance, drama, and tribal or folk elements. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra offers classical concerts, opera, ballet, modern dance, and more.
GirlPower Saigon By Night Tour by Scooters with Female Drivers | Kiss Tours
$40.00 per adult
The food & the places were wonderful
The girls were were great, gave us a history & why things are as they are, friendly & professional. Our drivers are lovely people, so easy to talk with & eat with.
Mark_S, Feb 2020
Things to Know Before You Go
Cultural shows at the Saigon Opera House are a must for fans of acrobatics.
Architecture buffs should sign up for the short theater tours before each performance.
Ticket prices vary according to not only the show but also seat class.
How to Get There
An easy walk from other District 1 attractions, including the Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Opera House sits on Lam Son Square. The 49 bus stops here, as do some hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tours. The Grab app takes the strain out of negotiating with motorbike and 4-wheeled taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh City.
When to Get There
As with other Vietnam tourist attractions, the Saigon Opera House gets insanely busy over the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) holidays. Evening is the best time to appreciate the spectacular 19th-century facade, which is dressed up in lights, and, of course, to enjoy a performance. Book ahead of time when reserving show tickets for weekends.
The Colorful Past of Saigon Opera House
Designed by French architects in the Belle Epoque style, the Saigon Opera House opened to the public in 1900 under the name of Theatre de Saigon. Theater companies from both France and Vietnam performed. After being damaged during World War II, it served variously as a theater, a refuge for French citizens, and home to part of the government of South Vietnam.
- Things to do in Southern Vietnam
- Things to do in Can Tho
- Things to do in Phnom Penh
- Things to do in Krong Kaeb
- Things to do in Nha Trang
- Things to do in Sihanoukville
- Things to do in Angkor Wat
- Things to do in Siem Reap
- Things to do in Ko Chang
- Things to do in Hoi An
- Things to do in My Son
- Things to do in Da Nang
- Things to do in Hue
- Things to do in Mekong Delta
- Things to do in South Coast
- Dong Khoi Street (Duong Dong Khoi)
- Vietnam Cookery Center
- Paris Square (Cong Truong Cong Xa Paris)
- Saigon Central Post Office
- Saigon Skydeck
- Bitexco Financial Tower
- Ben Thanh Market (Cho Ben Thanh)
- Reunification Palace (Independence Palace)
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Ports
- Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
- War Remnants Museum (Bao Tang Chung Tich Chien Tranh)
- Pham Ngu Lao Street
- Tao Dan Park
- Jade Emperor Pagoda